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Mental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise

This summary presents the key messages from the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy for Scotland. The new Mental Health Strategy is intended to cover a 10-year period. The framework on which respondents were asked to comment sets out the priorities that the Scottish Government thinks will deliver significant improvements to the mental health of the population of Scotland. It is organised around life stages: Start Well; Live Well; and Age Well. The framework also sets out 8 Priorities that the Scottish Government has identified for the next Strategy.

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Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced the Scottish Social Housing Charter. Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities. The Scottish Government wished to hear the views of stakeholders on the Charter to inform its first five-year review.

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The Creation of a Specific Offence of Domestic Abuse - Proposed Associated Reforms to Criminal Procedure

The purpose of this document is to provide details of a number of reforms proposed to criminal procedure that relate to the creation of a specific offence of domestic abuse.

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The EU referendum result and it's implications for Scotland

51.9% of those who voted in the EU referendum voted to leave the EU. In Scotland, 62% of voters cast their vote to remain in the EU. The European and External Relations Committee immediately embarked on a programme of work to examine the implications of the vote for Scotland. This decision was made against the background of a vote in Parliament giving the First Minister authority to explore means of maintaining the benefits Scotland receives from its relationship with the EU.

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The Fairer Scotland Action Plan

The Scottish Government has this week published its Fairer Scotland Action Plan. This is a first government response to the Fairer Scotland conversation and a range of wider sources. It outlines 50 actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. The Fairer Scotland Action Plan is built on five high-level ambitions that we will focus on in the period to 2030:

• A Fairer Scotland for All
• Ending Child Poverty
• A Strong Start for all Young People
• Fairer Working Lives
• A Thriving Third Age

At the heart of the Plan are 50 fairness actions for this parliamentary term that will help us meet these ambitions, ranging across the responsibilities of government.

The Action Plan features commitments from a range of organisations from across the UK who want to help us build a Fairer Scotland and is the start of a long term commitment to help shape a fairer Scotland.

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